I find that when there is a task at hand, especially when the stakes are high or there are deadlines looming, I perform at my best when I get focused and get into the “zone.”
For me, it helps to have a goal and a vision for what the end game looks like. Tactically, I make my to-do list, think through the steps I need to take, and take action!
Networking, like anything, is one of those things that requires focus and dedicated attention. When you are motivated to build a solid relationship base, you must get into the networking zone. To do so, know who you want to reach out to, why you hope to establish a connection, and what you will do to cultivate the relationship. By setting your sights on enduring, mutually beneficial, long-term associations, you are setting up your interactions for success.
So, get your game face on; carve out regular, dedicated time to connect with others; outline your action steps – in writing and/or in your head; and seize the day! Get in the zone – the networking zone!